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Judge rules that tower can be completed

A judge ruled Monday against blocking further construction of a radio tower overlooking Cascade Shores.

Banner Quaker Road resident Janina Sukelis tried to block the remaining construction, if any, of a 13,500-watt, 85-foot tower for Christian station KLOVE-FM, according to court records and testimony.

The tower is essentially completed, said Karin Schwab, an Auburn attorney representing KLOVE.

Judge Carl F. Bryan II declined to grant an injunction against tower construction.

Sukelis owns property near the tower on a ridge line above Cascade Shores.

Sukelis wanted construction to be blocked because she said nobody would accept living under the electromagnetic waves created by the tower.

Sukelis also claimed there was inadequate notice of public hearings for the tower, which was granted a permit in 1999.

Schwab said there was notice given for the permit hearing.

As far as health issues are concerned, Schwab said the tower is way under acceptable levels of radio emissions set by the Federal Communications Commission, which issued a license for the tower.

The tower’s environmental impacts, including health effects, were also reviewed by the county for compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act.

– John Dickey

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